The Hidden World of Functional Art

For people who collect art there is the usual process of acquiring and displaying art. Artwork is chosen, gently delivered into a household and then installed or displayed in an area which would be visible to the collector.

Hidden Art Detail, Batibot Chair

Hidden Art Detail, Batibot Chair

Functional art is a new trend which we are currently promoting in the gallery - art which serves not mainly as a decorative purpose but also has practical uses.

Pair of Door Handles by Richard Buxani  Functional art refers to aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes. The genre is remarkably inclusive: it encompasses everything from furniture and lighting to dishes and even books.  Functional art is generally applied art - art created for use, designed to serve a purpose and with an aesthetic in mind. It’s art that serves a function, but is also designed artistically for purpose of displaying beauty.

Pair of Door Handles by Richard Buxani

Functional art refers to aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes. The genre is remarkably inclusive: it encompasses everything from furniture and lighting to dishes and even books.

Functional art is generally applied art - art created for use, designed to serve a purpose and with an aesthetic in mind. It’s art that serves a function, but is also designed artistically for purpose of displaying beauty.

R2D3 Lamp by Retrospect Studio, designed by Ram Mallari

R2D3 Lamp by Retrospect Studio, designed by Ram Mallari

Furniture is the most common example of functional art. Well crafted furniture - tables, chairs, lamps or lights- have been collected for many years not just for its form and design but also functionality.

 

Wall Display and Lamps by Retrospect Studio, design by Ram Mallari

Wall Display and Lamps by Retrospect Studio, design by Ram Mallari

Similarly, fixtures such as door handles, knockers, and doors are also being collected due to their artful form and their practical function. Other types of functional art are mirrors, table settting items such as candle holders.

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